Dental Emergencies For Kids
If you are a parent, you understand that you need to be prepared for any emergency. It is a little-known fact that fifty percent of children in the United States will suffer a traumatic oral injury. These injuries are rarely life-threatening, but they can have serious, sometimes long-term implications in regards to appearance and self-esteem. Understanding how to address a potential crisis is the first step in keeping your family happy and healthy.
Action Not Reaction
Dental emergencies usually occur when a tooth is chipped, fractured, loosened, or falls out due to trauma. They can occur quickly and unexpectedly. Common causes include trips or falls onto hard objects, fights, and sports-related injuries. If this does happen, knowing how to respond could protect your child from infection and avoidable loss of a tooth. Here are a few recommended steps to take in case of an emergency.
To Do Immediately
What To Do If A Tooth Is Knocked Out
Every trauma is different, and each one requires a different approach. One of the most distressing dental injuries you might encounter is when a tooth is completely knocked out. You should know that in some cases, it is possible to save the tooth and have Dr. Sharine Thenard replant it. Hopefully, this situation never arises, but if it does, here are a few things that you can do:
By following these steps, you maximize the viability of the tooth and increase its potential for reattachment.
When you are a parent, you know you need to be ready for anything. For your own peace of mind, you should invest in a dental emergency first aid kid. Experts recommend you always keep the following items on hand:
Having these tools available to you will help you to react quickly, avoid infection, and potentially save your child from unnecessary complications.
Better Safe Than Sorry
No matter how minor it may seem, facial trauma is a big deal. If you have any questions or concerns, call us today at Alameda (510) 521-5437/Oakland (510) 763-5437.